The Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica are beginning their annual Christmas tree recycling programs.

LOS ANGELES

City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works officials remind residents to properly recycle their Christmas trees by cutting the trees to fit into green yard trimmings containers for pick up on regular refuse collection days.

All decorations, tinsel and tree stands must be removed from the tree before the tree is placed in a green container.

Flocked trees may not be left in a green container, but may be left in black containers.

Christmas trees may extend up to one foot above the lid of the green or black container, but residents are advised to place their containers in position curbside and then put their trees into the containers. The containers should not be moved after the trees are placed in the containers.

It is illegal to place an abandoned Christmas tree at a curb or in an alley in the City of Los Angeles and the city will not pick up any Christmas trees left at curbs or in alleys.

Christmas trees may be dropped off at one of many City of Los Angeles Christmas tree recycling centers.

Christmas tree recycling centers in the local area include the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice; and the Westchester Municipal Center, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 2nd; and Saturday and Sunday, January 8th and 9th.

Information on City of Los Angeles Christmas tree recycling, (213) 473-8397.

SANTA MONICA — The City of Santa Monica will collect Christmas trees for recycling at four local parks and at the city Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station throughout the month of January.

Santa Monica residents with curbside recycling service may place their cut-up trees in their yard waste collection containers.

Residents are asked to remove tinsel, ornaments and tree stands from trees before putting trees in a container.

It is unlawful and a serious fire hazard to leave unwanted trees at the curb or in alleys in Santa Monica.

Christmas trees will be accepted at the following Santa Monica parks:

n Clover Park; 25th Street and Ocean Park Boulevard;

n Douglas Park; Chelsea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard;

n Los Amigos Park; Fifth Street and Hollister Avenue; and

n Reed Park; Lincoln Boulevard and California Avenue.

Beginning Sunday, January 2nd, and continuing through January, Santa Monica residents may drop off trees at the city Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station, 2401 Delaware Ave.

Christmas trees will be accepted at the center between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Santa Monica Christmas tree recycling information, (310) 829-7323.

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